E-procurement refers to the use of electronic communications by public sector organisations when buying supplies and services or tendering public works.
Increasing the use of e-procurement in Europe can generate significant savings for European taxpayers. These savings would maximise the efficiency of public spending in the current context of fiscal constraints. E-procurement can also provide a new source of economic growth and jobs, including by facilitating access to public procurement contracts by SMEs.
On April 2012 the European Commission adopted a communication setting out a strategy to make the use of e-procurement the rule in the EU by mid-2016.